[ Schwartz's Island ]
And no [kitchen] island is complete without stools.
For the longest time we've been considering the Sebastian - an Ikea stalwart. Simple, surprisingly sturdy, understated. Did you say affordable? Only $59. But I just wasn't sold on them.
|Sebastian - Ikea|
|Hip Hop @ Matt Blatt|
So Mum and I took advantage of a Milo free afternoon and trotted down to Matt Blatt's Richmond showroom to subject la Hip Hop to the bum test. Alas. It failed. If my (admittedly) ample posterior was a snug fit (which it was) there was no way Papou could squeeze himself into that deceptively small moulded bucket. (A pox on the designer, whoever "Unknown" is.)
Gladly there were plenty of other replicants to distract a new homeowner from their cruel disappointment.
The replica Harry Bertoia.
|Replica Bertoia @ Matt Blatt|
The replica Johannes Anderson Allegra
|Replica Allegra @ Matt Blatt|
Also very comfortable, and wonderful AND classic. But not the look we're after.
The replica Xavier Pauchard Tolix Stool
|Replica Tolix @ Matt Blatt|
I like THIS one, I said to Mum, of the Venus Stool
|Venus @ Matt Blatt|
"I don't" said Mum.
And I was about to throw in the towel. But then, there was this, the Maple stool.
|Maple @ Matt Blatt|
I don't know whose design its replicating or where it comes from, but I like it. It has hydraulic lift and drop (handy for small people), is comfortable and supportive (important in a friend, and vital in a seat), wipe cleanable, shiny, and comes at the bargain price of $89.
We'll take four, and once they're delivered the cost will come in at $108 each. Which is still considerably less than the most luxurious stool in the world. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you (drumroll)
|Le Spighe by Claudio Silvestrin for Poltrona Frau @ Space|
Le Spighe by Claudio Silvestrin. A triumph in engineering, construction and sit-ability and all for the price of a small Korean four cylinder hatchback. Nice.